John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

FISH needs volunteers next week

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the Hunt County Shared Ministries organization (FISH) needs volunteers to help wrap Thanksgiving food packages from about 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, November 19-21.  FISH is located at 2805 King St. in Greenville.  Volunteers will also be needed December 17-19 to wrap Christmas food packages.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mary Sue Cole: Take the '40-Gallon Challenge'

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agricultural Extension Agency

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says, even though Texans recently passed Prop 6 providing for major new water projects, conservation will still be necessary for Texas to have the water it needs in the future.  And so, she invites Texans to take the "40-Gallon Challenge."

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Blacklands Cafe
10:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Milton Babb: Greenville's stained-glass tourism potential

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb is developing an idea to offer a tour of Greenville's historic churches, some of which, like Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville, have spectacular examples of vintage stained-glass windows.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Bob Brown's Book Club: 'Thinking Fast & Slow'

Bob Brown
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Vice President of Business and Administration Bob Brown leads the long-standing "Bob Brown's Book Club" at the University.  The next book to be discussed is "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman on Dec 5.  Those wanting to participate should contact Bob very quickly, at bob.brown@tamuc.edu. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

War & Memory: Marine Sgt. Terry Blose

Travis Ueckert, Terry Blose
East Texas War & Memory Project, Facebook

On this Veterans Day, we visit with one of the recent interviewees of the East Texas War and Memory Project at A&M-Commerce, Marine Sgt. Terry Blose of Gober, along with War and Memory intern Travis Ueckert.  See more on Facebook about the War and Memory Project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

'The rain falls on the just and the unjust'

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses issues of faith on the Blacklands Cafe.  In this program, she gives her opinion on what not to say to someone who has suffered a tragedy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Blacklands Corridor meeting tonight in Nevada

The study area identified by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
NCTCOG

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses tonight's public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor toll road and a snag in the plans to construct a new YMCA building in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:45 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Tourism projects under development in Commerce

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a blue-ribbon committee of Commerce citizens -- Sue Davis, Jack Gray, Jim Bob Latham,  Carolyn Trezevant and Wyman Williams --  is now developing several tourism projects for the city.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

'Kiss Me Kate' opens tonight at A&M-C University Playhouse

Joe Reynolds
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate," a production of the Theatre program and the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce, opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the University Playhouse.  Performances will be at 8 p.m. each night through Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.  Theatre faculty member Joe Reynolds is the director and guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Taylor: Caddo artifacts can be found in Hunt Co.

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says artifacts of the Native American Caddo tribe are not too hard to find in Hunt County, but she says the tribe was not as numerous as you might imagine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Commerce Mayor: Hibbett's, Dollar Tree opening; Tipitina's official

John Ballotti
A&M-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the new Hibbett Sports will open Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Dollar Tree store soon after in shopping center where Braum's is located.  And Mayor Ballotti says the papers have been signed to officially bring the Tipitina's music venue to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building on the east side of Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Pennington: Dodo bird or coyote? Which are you?

Randy Pennington
Pennington Performance Group

The CEO of the Pennington Performance Group of Addison, and A&M-Commerce/ETSU alumnus Randy Pennington advises businesses on managing change.  Whether you're a "dodo bird" or a "coyote" will determine whether you successfully adapt to changes, Randy says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

A&M-Commerce celebrates homecoming week

Derryle Peace
A&M-Commerce

Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says if students get involved in homecoming activities, they're more likely to be active, involved alumni.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Charles Elliott: Legislative districting methods contribute to gridlock

Dr. Charles Elliott
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former A&M-Commerce political science department head Dr. Charles Elliott says the way congressional and state legislative districts are apportioned is a major reason why we see the inability of our representatives to reach compromise.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Blake Cooper: CSCOPE not well understood

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the controversial CSCOPE resource system that has been used in the Texas schools is more than a few controversial lesson plans.

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